One reason why treadmills, walking paths, and tracks have gained so much popularity. They are filled with walkers, joggers and those looking to get in shape.
Walking and jogging of varying speeds has been shown to be an effective way to use fat for energy which could cause inceased weight loss.
However, these forms of exercises may not be the best exercises for maximizing the fat burning compared to interval training.
Let me explain…
What does walking and jogging do for weight loss…
These forms of exercise are the easiest and are fundamental to moving more and working on improving cardiovascular health and aerobic endurance. It has also been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and facilitate with weight loss.
This is especially good if you are a new exerciser and need to get started with some form of exercise. This increase in calories burned can account for initial weight loss.
However, there is a drawback to walking and jogging…
Your body can become used to and adjusted to the consistent workload and then the benefits of increased weight loss and calories burned decreases.
One of the biggest drawbacks is the calories burned after the exercise as well as the total amount of calories burned. The majority of calories burned are during the activity and when the activity stops the calorie burning stops.
These are still great forms of exercises especially for beginning exercisers. When you want to burn the maximum amount of calories and for as long as possible Interval Training is one of the best ways to go.
Interval training is very short and intense bouts of exercise followed by moderate intensity forms of exercise. This has been shown to be most effective at fat burning during AND after your exercise session is over.
Some people also call this sprint training and it has been shown via research to be very effective at increasing the use of blood sugars for energy, improve athletic performance, fat burning potential – all in a shorter time than a typical walking and jogging program.
Here is how a typical interval training program is laid out…
Short brisk warm up followed up with 6 to 10 periods of high intensity exercise, followed by moderate intensity exercise and then ending with a cool down period. The moderate intensity exercise should be about 50% of your max intensity.
An interval training session should only be about 15 minutes and shouldn’t surprass 20 minutes. This makes it a perfect workout when you are short on time yet want to maximize the calories burned.
Benefits of Interval Training:
- Resting metabolic rate increase (the amount of calories you burn at rest)
- Increased oxygen capacity
- Athletic performance increase
- Decrease in insulin resistance
- Improve use of stored fat for energy
…And so much more
A recent study was conducted and they found that interval training done for 15 weeks in young women was shown to be effective at reducing their body fat, subcutaneous leg fat and abdominal fat when compared to doing steady rate exercise like walking and jogging for the same time period.
In another study of young men researchers found that high-intensity interval training involving only 250 calories of work per week showed a significant improvement in the activity of insulin.
You Can Burn Fat Faster With Interval Training
Of course this is in combination with eating the right foods, getting adequate sleep, managing your stress levels, etc.
This form of exercise could lead to increased weight loss, boost your metabolism and shed fat while maintaining more lean muscle tissue than regular conventional cardiovascular exercise.
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